Set up sequentially repeated numbers in InDesign

Community Beginner ,
Sep 01, 2022 Sep 01, 2022

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Okay gang, I have searched high and low, Google, Adobe, YouTube, Tutorials and everywhere I can imagine and now it's time to ask the community.  I've asked the question in a variety of ways as we all know sometimes it's how you word things when searching but I'm spent.

 

I have one large document that uses the same set of step numbers repeatedly, 1 through 5, in 35 languages. When I tried to set it up as a style sheet for all using Bullets and Numbering as one level applied each time, it doesn't work. Then I tried multi levels which I'm not as adept at but still not working. The text is a thread to make it easier for fit but I can't get it to repeat the numbers. Some fonts are different due to the languages and you can address that in Bullets and Numbering but surely there's a way to do this in ID isn't there? Or do I need to bite the bullet and make each set of translated text a separate thread because I know it works that way? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Sep 01, 2022 Sep 01, 2022

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For many reasons, I think the only sensible way to handle this is as 35 separate stories, each with its own set of numbered list styles.

 

I suppose an elaborate method could be created to handle all of this as one doc/one style list, but unless this project is going to be repeated a number of times, the slightly brute-force method will get to the end result with fewer problems.

 

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That was my fear! I'll see if anyone else has an answer but I think deep down I realized this. Thanks.

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I learned long ago that there's a place for elegant solutions (now encapsulated in things like scripts, automation, embedded and GREP styles, and so forth)... and there's a place to just spend less time getting the job done and moving on. 🙂

 

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LOL Oh you got that right for sure!

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